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Drivers waiting in long lines at Loudoun gas stations

A handful of gas stations are out of fuel while others report having limited supplies left.

A day after a run on gas stations started in earnest in Loudoun County, the hunt for gasoline continues. All day lines have formed for a spot at gas pumps — sometimes 20 or more cars deep. Meanwhile, some stations have run out of gas, while others have re-opened for gas sale after getting fresh fuel shipments overnight.

The Sunoco station on Truro Parish Drive in Ashburn had gas on Tuesday, but had run out on Wednesday.

The Burn stopped by the Exxon station in Junction Plaza in Ashburn Farm. Two separate lines at least 10-15 cars deep waited patiently for a pump to free up. One line extended through the shopping center parking lot. The other wrapped around out onto Claiborne Parkway.

Cars lined up for gas backed up onto Claiborne Parkway in Ashburn Farm.

The GasBuddy gas tracker website showed a handful of stations in eastern Loudoun as being completely out of gas, while many more showed only “limited fuel options” available. This could mean they were out of regular, plus and premium, but still had diesel or an ethanol flex fuel. Or it could mean some combination of those. Only a few stations were marked green, meaning they had plenty of fuel on hand.

Screenshot just before 4 p.m. Wednesday from the GasBuddy website showing many gas stations in eastern Loudoun are low on fuel supplies or completely out.

The run on gas stations was prompted by a computer hack impacting an East Coast pipeline operation. The pipeline was intentionally taken offline as a precaution and this temporary shutdown has led to concerns about gas shortages and “panic buying” by some consumers.

Busy pumps at the Exxon station at Junction Plaza in Ashburn Farm.

It’s important to note — stations that are out of gas one day may have supplies again the following day. And vice versa. The Sunoco station in Goose Creek Village ran out of gas on Tuesday, but was back open for gas sales on Wednesday after a fuel shipment arrived.

3 Comments
  1. Jimmy 7 months ago
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    There is no storage of gas. If everyone stopped filling up for no reason and panicking, everything would go back to normal. People are so stupid.

  2. LW 7 months ago
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    Today is FRI 14 May. I just returned from an east coast driving trip VA/MD/DE/NJ and every place I stopped had gas. No problems whatsoever. I haven’t been out locally yet since my return today, so I’m hoping this shortage has been resolved.

  3. Liz 7 months ago
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    There was a gashole next to me a Sams this week. Filling his car, fine, filling five gas canisters, not so fine

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